NGO Orbit has got on board with low-cost carrier Vietjet to carry out a project to prevent bindness in Vietnam in the next three years.
The airline signed an MoU with the international non-profit in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue on Wednesday to spend US$1 million saving light for two milllion people in the Southeast Asian country, Vietjet said in a press release.
“With the objective of supporting more than two million people in the next three years, Vietjet has signed a long-term MoU named ‘Bright Eyes for Vietnamese’ with Orbis,” it said.
The two will start their project by building retinal centers for premature birth in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak and the north-central province of Thanh Hoa.
Vietjet has also accompanied Orbis to promote education programs, events and communication campaigns in order to enhance the knowledge of prevention of eye issues nationwide.
In this long-term project, Vietjet and Orbis expect to double the latter’s past results in Vietnam, pioneering corporate social activities in general and blindness prevention in particular.
Also on Wednesday, the two sides opened the 10th Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) program, in Orbis’ 17th year of supporting Vietnam’s eye care services.
Vietjet’s pilots, cabin crew members, and other staff supported patients wholeheartedly since their screening sessions, carefully guiding them to the surgeries in the modern aircraft equipped with cutting-edge equipment and taking care of them in the post-surgery stage.
An ophthalmic hospital and teaching facility aboard an aircraft, the FEH has a wingspan of 50 meters, a height of 17.8 meters and a length of 55.3 meters, reaching the size of a Boeing 777 while its weight is heavier due to added-in machines.
The cabin area is 610 square meters and designed to be a small hospital.
From the operating room, 3D eye operations can be broadcast live to all training rooms in the world.
The FEH has been traveling around the world to exchange information and to help people in disadvantaged situations.
The flying hospital has come to Vietnam for 10 times and stopped over in six cities and provinces, including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Binh Dinh, Can Tho and Thua Thien-Hue.
Orbis is dedicated to training, public health education, advocacy, and local partnerships to prevent blindness and treat blinding eye diseases in developing countries.
Vietjet is a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) and holds the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate.
It provides transport services and uses the latest e-commerce technologies to offer various products and services to consumers.
Vietjet operates around 400 flights daily, having carried more than 80 million passengers to date, with 129 routes covering destinations across Vietnam and international markets such as Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, mainland China, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia.